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TRO TravelGram - September 7


Wednesday, September 7
48 Hours: Doha
The fast-changing capital of Qatar makes for a dazzling stay... The Independent

Lower Manhattan reborn: chic hotels, quiet memorials 
Down a narrow, cobblestone street that winds its way between awe-inspiring buildings, a collection of cafe tables pops into view... Globe and Mail

Savor the charms of Barcelona
This Spanish city is vibrant with art, food and

Tours and Activities
Arab museum hosts Sept. 11 events
As the nation prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a national museum devoted to Arab-Americans reflects the highs and lows experienced by the community during the past decade...

Arizona: AquaPalooza? Music on the water at Lake Havasu City
The daylong festival is free to anyone willing to spend a day bobbing in the lake... LA Times

Charleston's (Now) Great Hall
After an 18-month renovation Charlestonians rediscover the 204-year-old city market... New York Times

Jewels of Olmsted's Unspoiled Midwest
Frederick Law Olmsted, the country's pioneering park maker who designated Central Park, also left his mark in Midwest cities like Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee... New York Times

New Disney cruise ship nears completion
The construction of Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, hit a major milestone over the weekend as the final building block of the vessel was lowered into place... USA Today

Welcome aboard world's least luxurious cruise
There was karaoke and a buffet, but some of the bathrooms lacked water and some of the passengers slept on mattresses on the floor... USA Today

Photo tour: The charm of the Celebrity Century
Built in 1995, the 71,545-ton Celebrity Century may be the oldest of the line's ten ships, but it still has a lot of fans...USA Today

Newark airport unveils new generic body-scan technology
Newark Liberty International Airport became the first New York-area airport to install body-scanning technology that will replace the controversial scanners... Seattle Times

Five things that could get you kicked off a plane
FareCompare recently chronicled what caused some folks to be dragged out of their seats... LA Times

Napolitano: TSA shoe restrictions may end
Air travelers may soon be able to keep their shoes on when they pass through airport security checkpoints...USA Today

Pierre Cardin Unveils the "New" Chateau Lacoste
Artists and other creative types have been drawn to the Chateau Lacoste in Provence since the Marquis de Sade was in residence... Travel and Leisure

Bumped to an inferior motel, with no apology
Getting 'walked' to another hotel is common, but accommodations should be comparable...

Frank Lloyd Wright hotel reopens in Iowa
Frank Lloyd Wright fans can now visit the historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, which reopened this past weekend after an $18 million renovation erased decades of neglect... USA Today

Hotel Review: Crystal Hotel in Portland, Ore.
A funky, affordable, bare-bones alternative to the typical hotel room that is an easy walk from the best restaurants, clubs and other attractions in downtown Portland... New York Times

Other and Odd
U.S. issues travel alert for Americans abroad
The U.S. has issued a worldwide travel alert ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks... Seattle Times

Phase 1 of World's First Commercial Spaceport 90% Complete
Phase one of the world's first commercial spaceport, which will be the hub for Virgin's consumer spaceflights, is now 90 per cent complete... Travel and Leisure

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